Tell me about yourself!
Hello, My name is Bridget Williams. I was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. I am a mother of 5, ages 34, 30, 22, 15 and 10. I have two grandsons, ages, 13 and 12. I’ve been natural now for 2 ½ years, and I’m loving it!
Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like?
I started out as a transitioner for up to 8 months, but I decided I know longer had the patience to wait for the perm to grow out. So, on June 16, 2013, I did the Big Chop.
Had you always embraced your texture?
No not always. I wanted straight hair not curly. So, I would go to the hair salon to get my hair permed for years. Then, I felt that this was getting too expensive so I started doing my own perms. It was nice at first, but I noticed my hair was thinning and breaking off. So, I decided to stop putting perms in my hair and this is when I started to appreciate the texture of my hair.
How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? What was your response to them?
My family was very supportive of my decision to go natural. I think the only thing that scared them was when I did my Big Chop. I was scared as well because I didn’t think it would grow back fast. But, I took that chance.
Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
My hair is thick in some places and fine in others. Kinda weird….lol
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to your hair?
I never really did too many crazy things with my hair but one crazy thing I do remember is that I had a Jheri Curl put in my hair which was a big mistake!
What’s your biggest hair related regret?
It goes back to that Jheri Curl I had put in my hair. I didn’t like that I had to have a special pillow to sleep on because the curl activator was so messy so that led me to have to sleep with a plastic cap on my head, which I did not like one bit! I didn’t like the fact that when my hair dried from the activator my hair looked like a dried up afro….I immediately let this style grow out but I had to get a lot of my hair cut off in order to get a relaxer.
What's your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? Favorite products! Deets!
My current hair routine is wash and go’s. I co-wash my hair with all sorts of different conditioners but the main one I like to use are the VO5 conditioners because they have a lot of slip. I then use the Mix Chick leave in conditioner, and I use my Coconut oil to set the moisture in my hair. When I do my twist outs I use the Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter, and I also use the As I Am products which is one of my favorites. I wash my hair every two weeks with Creme of Nature Shampoo.
What’s your favorite hairstyle? Where do you get hairstyle inspiration?
My favorite hairstyle are my twistouts. I get my hair inspiration from the young ladies on YouTube. They have really encouraged me and taught me how to take care of my natural hair. Thank you ladies!
Who is your curl crush?
Sistawithrealhair, Mahoganycurls, Moknowshair, Naptural85, Chime, and Manda Panda. They have truly inspired me that you can do all sorts of fun and creative styles with natural hair.
How do you maintain your hair at night?
I maintain my hair by spraying a little water and adding coconut oil to it. I wear my satin cap to bed some nights and I do sleep with my satin pillow case.
How do you maintain healthy length?
I do this by keeping my hair moisturized, wearing protective styles from time to time and keeping my ends trimmed every 6 months.
What's the best thing about being natural?
The best thing about being natural is that you can do all sorts of beautiful styles. I love that I don’t have to spend a lot of time styling my natural hair it if I don’t want to. It has given me the freedom to be me. I will never go back to relaxers again.
Where can folks find you on the web?
You can find me on Instagram @B_Natural5 and on Facebook under Bridget Williams